Update: Senate Bill 69 failed in the Senate.
The American Civil Liberties Union has a long history of helping South Dakota voters understand and exercise their voting rights. Our work to ensure that all eligible South Dakotans have the right to register to vote, cast their ballot, and have their ballot counted continues to this day.
While there are many ways to influence our elected officials, there is only one way to determine who those officials will be: by voting.
Modernizing voter registration with an online system is an important step toward a fairer, freer system of democracy. That’s why we support policies like Senate Bill 69, which would establish an electronic system for voters to update their registrations. According to an article by LDF, a majority of states in the U.S. have some version of online voter registration. It's time for an effective and secure online voter registration system in South Dakota.
The decisions made on school boards, city halls, at the state legislature and the United States Congress impact the lives of all South Dakotans. Everyone should have equitable access to the political process.